NBA Playoffs

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, congratulates guard Alex Caruso after the Lakers defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 122-117 in an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
April 06, 2019 - 1:20 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers are hanging onto sixth in the West playoff race for now despite two straight losses. Two days after getting pounded by Houston in a potential playoff preview, the Clippers blew a 12-point, second-half lead and lost to the Lakers 122-117 on Friday night. "...
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) smiles after making a 3 point shot against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
April 06, 2019 - 1:10 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State took another step toward securing the top seed in the West, yet coach Steve Kerr has some legitimate concerns as the Warriors close in on the postseason. Specifically, Kerr is bothered by the Warriors' turnovers and rebounding, two issues that cropped up again...
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Milwaukee Bucks' George Hill, left, and Sterling Brown celebrate during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Philadelphia. Milwaukee won 128-122. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
April 05, 2019 - 2:05 am
A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with six days remaining in the regular season: EASTERN CONFERENCE The road to the NBA Finals goes through Milwaukee. And the Bucks are the first team in the league to know exactly where they will be seeded for the playoffs. Milwaukee's win...
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Los Angeles Clippers' Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, left, dribbles past Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
April 03, 2019 - 11:59 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Harden scored 31 points, Chris Paul added 29 points, and the Houston Rockets routed the Los Angeles Clippers 135-103 on Wednesday night in a potential playoff preview. Clint Capela had 24 points and 15 rebounds to help the Rockets win their fourth in a row. They showed...
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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James laughs as he waits to check in to the team's NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets during the second half Friday, March 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 129-115. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
March 30, 2019 - 4:42 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James' first season with the Lakers is over. The team announced Saturday he would sit out the remainder of its games, allowing him more time to rest the first significant injury of his career. "After consulting with our team doctors and medical staff, we have decided to...
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Los Angeles Clippers' Patrick Beverley, right, knocks the ball away from Minnesota Timberwolves' Dario Saric in the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
March 26, 2019 - 11:13 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Doc Rivers read the preseason predictions that said his team might win 35 games, at best. Neither the Clippers coach nor his players took much stock in all that. Now, they're playoff-bound. Danilo Gallinari scored 25 points and Los Angeles clinched a postseason spot Tuesday night...
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Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell gestures toward the crowd after hitting a three-point shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Friday, March 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Nets won 111-106. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
March 23, 2019 - 1:24 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — D'Angelo Russell took no public pleasure in playing a pretty big role in officially eliminating the Los Angeles Lakers from playoff contention for yet another season. Russell is much more excited about the increasing likelihood that he's about to make his postseason debut with...
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Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) shoots over Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Monday, March 18, 2019. Jokic scored 21 points as the Nuggets defeated the Celtics 114-105. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
March 18, 2019 - 10:14 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The Denver Nuggets are headed back to the postseason after a six-year drought. Nikola Jokic had 21 points and 13 rebounds and the Nuggets rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Boston Celtics 114-105 on Monday night and clinched their first playoff berth since 2012-13. Will Barton...
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Charlotte Hornets guard Tony Parker (9) goes up to shoot against Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
March 17, 2019 - 3:49 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade arrived for work on Sunday not expecting to play much, if at all. His bruised right hip was sore and he was feeling pain with every step. He offered to play for a couple of minutes. He wound up playing 28, even diving on that bad hip for a loose ball with the outcome still...
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Former NBA basketball player and FIBA World Cup Ambassador Kobe Bryant, left, passes a trophy to former NBA basketball player and Chinese Basketball Association president Yao Ming during the draw ceremony for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong Province, Saturday, March 16, 2019. The competition will take place in 8 cities across China later this year. (Chinatopix via AP)
March 16, 2019 - 10:02 pm
USA Basketball still doesn't know which players will be wearing the red, white and blue this summer in China. Their first three opponents, however, are finally set. The Americans' quest for an unprecedented third consecutive FIBA World Cup championship will start against the Czech Republic,...
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